BY ALI NAQVI –
PTI is certainly not in luck these days. The promises they made in the election campaign are haunting them day and night. After the cabinet reshuffle, things seem to have gone downhill more swiftly. Social media is buzzing with satirical and hilarious posts. Minister of Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.
Talking to Shehzad Iqbal in Geo News’ program Naya Pakistan, Fawad Chaudhry has stated that Hubble Telescope was launched in space by Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). In his conversation he also talked about Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal regarding the sighting of the moon. He must have assumed, since the names are similar, that Hubble Telescope was named after Imam Hanbal. But how could this be? Federal Minister of Science and Technology does not know who sent the Hubble Telescope in space. Not knowing this is one thing and claiming that SUPARCO launched it is another level of criminal ignorance.
Hubble Telescope was named after Edwin Powell Hubble, an American astronomer. He is regarded the greatest astronomer of all time. His observations and discoveries led to the formulation of Big Bang theory. Hubble space telescope was launched in 1990 by NASA into low earth Orbit. It is the largest telescope that is still used for space research and vital cosmic observations.
Fawad Chaudhry is the new Albert Einstein on social media. One must give credit to the creative minds of Pakistanis who keep churning out one joke after another. Fawad has a knack of talking first and thinking later. As Information Minister he has been defending the PTI government and maligning Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) blatantly. One could expect anything from him. But the tide has turned. Hysterically funny and hilariously humorous social media posts about Fawad have spread like wild fire. It has put smiles on our faces.
Amid all this amusement and laughter, there is something seriously sad. We had been cribbing about corrupt politicians for more than seven decades but now, here we are, ruled by a bunch of incompetent, irresponsible, educated illiterates. Humor has a very strange nature. Excess of it can suddenly make you sad and melancholic.
The hilarious statements of Fawad Chaudhry are dwarfed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan when he declared Spiritualism (rohaniyaat) a “super science”. Laying the foundation of Al-Qadir University of Sufism, Science, and Technology he said, “I had been thinking about creating this university for the past 23 years”.